Policeman Killed, Another Hurt in Champs Elysees Shooting

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One police officer was killed and another wounded Thursday in a shooting on Paris's Champs Elysees, police said, just days ahead of France's presidential election.

France's interior ministry said the attacker was killed in the incident in the early evening on the world-famous boulevard. 

The famous shopping street in the heart of the city, which is usually teaming with tourists and Parisians, was blocked by armed police and metro stations in the area were closed.

Dozens of vehicles from the emergency services were sent to the area.

The shooting comes just two days after police arrested two men in southern Marseille with weapons and explosives who were suspected of preparing an attack to disrupt the first-round of the presidential election on Sunday.

France is in a state of emergency and at its highest possible level of alert since a string of terror attacks that began in 2015, which have killed over 230 people.

Thousands of troops and armed police have been deployed to guard tourist hotspots such as the Champs Elysees or other potential targets like government buildings and religious sites.

Up until now, polls showed voters more concerned about unemployment and their spending power than terrorism or security, though analysts warned this would change in the event of further bloodshed.

For weeks, centrist former banker Macron and National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen have been out in front but opinion polls now show there is a chance that any of the four leading candidates could reach the second-round runoff on May 7.

Scandal-plagued conservative Francois Fillon and far-left firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon have closed the gap substantially in the last two weeks.

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Thumb justin 1 month

who benefits?

Yesterday:
Paris to 'Prove' Damascus behind Chemical Attack, OPCW Confirms Sarin Used

http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/228726-paris-to-prove-damascus-behind-chemical-attack-opcw-confirms-sarin-used

Today: Assad/Iran/ISIS responds

Policeman Killed, Another Hurt in Champs Elysees Shooting

Thumb s.o.s 1 month

LePen benefits, it'll dislocate the EU if shes gets elected... Russia benefits directly and by extension butcher alAssad and Iran.

Thumb gigahabib 1 month

Those who want to kill infidels and "heretics" benefit, duh.

Thumb marcus 1 month

but ya heretic you always said the same infidels are supporting "those who want to kill infidels"

Thumb ___flamethrower___ 1 month

lullllzzzz

Thumb eagledawn 1 month

I hope @frencheagle aka @blablablabla the CEO is ok. I know he always hangs out in trendy places on the Champs Elysees.

Thumb barrymore 1 month

hahahaha!
rofl @antonio rafsanjani:)))))))

Thumb s.o.s 1 month

Azrael yekhdo! LMAO. I don't think he's a policeman, he's a crook and a CEO of a criminal drug organization with close ties to hizbalot. And if I may add, I don't think he's a champs elysees person, he's more of a Vincennes woods Customer.

Thumb s.o.s 1 month

They're together locked up in a cheap motel, and trust me, they're not watching Netflix!

Thumb barrymore 1 month

If France is so anti-assad and pro isis and al qaeda as the heretics on this forum keep telling us on a daily basis then why is France getting the wrath of ISIS?

Thumb s.o.s 1 month

It's a political attack, a Terrorist one but mainly political. Their aim and objective is to make of France a country of intolerance by electing fascist candidate Marine LePen and They could succeed if they repeat such attacks in the next ten days.

Thumb marcus 1 month

Forget the iranian restaurants for a moment.... these 'terrorists' could not shoot french policemen guarding the iranian embassy in Paris? Perhaps they have a preference for policemen on the champs elysees;)

Thumb i.report 1 month

The assassin has already been sentenced to a life sentence for murdering a cop 16 years ago, he's known in Syria as Abou Yousef el Beljiki.
The French system is similar to the Lebanese, terroristes from Daesh or Hezbollah are released from jail after murdering people. Look at the Zoayters and Mekdads, look at the Abdeslam brothers or Abaoud.

Thumb gigahabib 1 month

Wahhabirama.

Thumb ___flamethrower___ 1 month

giga 7ilweh minnak

lulzzzzz